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Statue of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from lake

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  • A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth performing as Mr. Darcy, a character in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," at the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London, on Monday.

      A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth performing as Mr. Darcy, a character in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," at the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London, on Monday.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LONDON -- It's Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He's 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall and made of fiberglass.

A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in "Pride and Prejudice" has been installed in London's Serpentine lake.

The figure shows Darcy emerging from the water in a soaked shirt, re-creating a scene from the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

The scene helped turn Firth into a sex symbol and is regularly voted among Britain's most memorable TV moments.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said the work took the lake scene as a starting point but also drew on other depictions of Austen's romantic hero.

The statue was placed in the Hyde Park lake Monday to promote a new TV channel dedicated to British drama.

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